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What hardware can I use to replace the mouse?

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I have developed tendonitis from prolonged use of the mouse buttons.   What hardware can I buy to replace the mouse?   I use only the X,Y movement axes and the left and right mouse buttons, with occasional use of the scroll wheel.
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The best option is a track ball mouse. One of our administrative assistance has the same problem and love using this instead of a mouse.
http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-Orbit-Optical-Trackball-64327/dp/B00006W2QD
 

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I agree with rbarnhardt but personally would recommend the following trackball, I've been using one of these for years and they're brilliant::

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/trackballs/devices/166&cl=US,EN

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Thank you both for that suggestion.   I have several Logitech trackball mice on other computers and find them excellent.   Unfortunately, the problem is in my middle finger, so I was trying to substitute the use of that finger by using something like a tablet, joystick or other device.   Can you suggest some?
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We've had excellent luck with the Adesso track pads.  

A really simple alternative is to use your other hand, reversing the buttons of the mouse in the control panel mouse properties dialog.  
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I went to the Logitech Marble Mouse
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/trackballs/devices/156&cl=us,en&readreviews=1

With my thumb on the left button, index, middle, and ring fingers on the big marble, and ring and/or little finger on the right button..
Took awhile, but my hand is much better. Being able to switch which/use all fingers to work the ball is much less stressful on them.
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Thank you much.   : )
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